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The Ties that Bind Women from East to West: IWD Celebration

For this year’s International Women’s Day the Pan Asian Women’s Association (PAWA) and the Hermann Gundert Society will be hosting a day of panels ending with a performance from 2015 BBC Radio New Comedy Award winner Yuriko Kotani.

The day will focus on ‘the ties that bind women from East to West’ with a panel on women in the workplace chaired by Dr Gill Samuels with speakers Mei Sim Lai, Lopa Patel, Monica Vaziralli and Cordelia Hanel. Hazel Blears, former Communities Secretary and author of the Preventing Extremism Programme will chair Radicalisation of Women and Children with speakers Yalda Hakim, Tamina Mir, Victoria Schofield, Nikita Malik, Edna Fernandes.

A buffet will be provided and a panel on Strengthening Women’s Voices chaired by Rita Payne, a journalist, media consultant and Chair of the UK branch of the Commonwealth Journalists Association and former Asia Editor, BBC World News (TV) with speakers Lesley Downer, Heidi Kingstone, In-Sook Chappell, Yang May Ooi. There will be closing comments by Dr Gill Samuels on the quote “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”

Please register your interest at or call 0207 499 2268. The cost of the full day event is £60 (this includes all sessions, buffet supper and performance). Half day ticket is £45. This includes session 2,3 and buffet supper and performance. 2 Audley Square, Mayfair, London W1K 1DB